Fujitsu has launched the Point 1600 and the Stylistic 2300 pen computers, with the capabilities of standard corporate notebooks in a lightweight tablet format.
The 1600 has a 166MHz Pentium MMX processor and a shock-mounted 4.1Gb Ultra ATA hard drive. This is the upgrade to Fujitsu's Point 510. It has a Super VGA colour display, new communications features and is targeted at the healthcare and merchandising markets.
The Stylistic 2300 is available with a TFT colour display and is aimed at those using portables for remote database access, mapping, voice recognition and multi-media applications. It has a outdoor colour transflective display and is based on a 233MHx Pentium MMX processor and a specially-mounted ruggedised 4.1Gb hard drive.
Louis Jouanny, vice president of international marketing at Fujitsu, said: "Corporate usage of portable computing is coming of age and we believe that we have a computer which has the full functionality of the PC, is usable without having to sit down and open up, and is extremely rugged."
Michael Betts, IT manager at American General Life & Accident Insurance, commented: "Our 7,000 field agents already use the pen tablet as a paperless mobile office, accessing information whenever and wherever needed."
Jouanny was at pains to point out that the new machines are not intended to be Windows CE killers.
Fujitsu has plans for the CE market, but sees the portable computer range as being squarely aimed at the enterprise market.
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